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I haven’t got a job lined up – what now? (Part 1)

Exams have been and gone and now your time at the University of Hertfordshire is coming to an end. Many of you graduating this year will be asking yourselves the same thing…”What do I do next?”

Most of you will be thinking about getting a job to start paying off your student loan, while some of you will be considering continuing your education by applying for a postgraduate course or be tempted to take some time off to travel and celebrate graduating from UH. For those of you looking for a graduate job, you might be thinking, “Where do I start?” The truth is there is no specific route when it comes to finding a job, so why not explore as many different options as possible? Below are some of the options that are worth considering.

Recruitment agencies can be a source of unadvertised vacancies, as some employers exclusively recruit through them. There are numerous agencies that specialise in different areas and all will claim they are the best. It is important to make sure you are with the right agency and I would recommend, if possible, you meet with the agency to discuss whether they cater for new graduates, handle the type of work you are interested in and cover the right geographical area. For more information about using recruitment agencies, click here.

There are hundreds of online vacancy websites that you can use whilst job hunting. Some are better than others, but it is down to you to decide what is best for you. For some examples of general online vacancy boards, suggested by the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service, click here. You can also find industry-specific vacancy boards via the occupational profiles on the Prospects website.

Speculative applications are a terrific way to access the hidden job market as it is estimated that up to 70% of jobs go unadvertised and are filled via speculative applications (Target Jobs, 2014). This is an approach that many people may not consider so it can give you a potential advantage over the competition. For more information on how to make speculative applications, click here.

With the growth of social media over the past ten years, employers are taking advantage and turning social networking websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, into recruitment tools. Using these networks correctly can increase your job search range. Liking, following and connecting to organisations and groups can increase your chances of receiving notifications about upcoming vacancies.

What to do next
You can use the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service for up to two years after your graduation ceremony . If you want to have an appointment with one of our advisers please contact us by calling 01707 284791, emailing careers@herts.ac.uk or by visiting us in the Hutton Hub, College Lane or M018, the Atrium, de Havilland. You can also book an appointment online via CareerHub, using your StudyNet username and password to log in. You have the option to attend these appointments face-to-face or remotely via telephone or Skype. You can also choose to have your CV and cover letter reviewed while off campus.

If you haven’t decided what you want to do now your degree is finished, don’t miss part two of this blog. This will focus on what you can do if you are not sure about your next step.

By Michael Cushway, Careers Officer

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